Telly Savalas Net Worth

Telly Savalas Net Worth is
$5 Million

Telly Savalas Biography

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Quick Facts

Full NameTelly Savalas
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 21, 1922
DiedJanuary 22, 1994, Universal City, California, United States
Height1.78 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Television Director
EducationColumbia University School of General Studies, Sewanhaka High School, Columbia University
SpouseJulie Hovland (m. 1984–1994), Marilyn Gardner (m. 1960–1974), Katherine Nicolaides (m. 1948–1957)
ChildrenAriana Savalas, Nick Savalas, Candace Savalas, Christian Savalas, Penélope Savalas, Christina Savalas
ParentsChristina Savalas, Nick Savalas
SiblingsGeorge Savalas, Gus Savalas, Teddy Savalas
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, People's Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Performer
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role, TV Land Favorite Private Eye Award
MoviesOn Her Majesty's Secret Service, Kelly's Heroes, The Dirty Dozen, Birdman of Alcatraz, Horror Express, Battle of the Bulge, The Scalphunters, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Mackenna's Gold, Cape Fear, Pretty Maids All in a Row, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, Lisa and the Devil, Escape to Athena, The Assassination Bureau, The Young Savages, Capricorn One, Land Raiders, The Muppet Movie, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission, Good Evening, Ms Campbell, A Town Called Bastard, Cannonball Run II, Beau Geste, The Slender Thread, Killer Force, The Man from the Diner's Club, Johnny Cool, The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, The Marcus-Nelson Murders, A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die, Crooks and Coronets, Love Is a Ball, Sonny and Jed, Sol Madrid, Pancho Villa, Mind Twister, Final Shot, Crime Boss, The Interns, The Killer Is on the Phone, Genghis Khan, Faceless, GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, Border Cop, Clay Pigeon, Alice in Wonderland, The Guns of Navarone, Fake-Out, Kojak: The Price of Justice, Mongo's Back in Town
TV ShowsKojak, Acapulco

Interesting Facts

1 He was most widely known to be a social butterfly.
2 He was known to be a very busy actor.
3 Daughter Ariana sings and tours with Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox.
4 On Kojak (1973), his character was of Greek American heritage, in real-life, Savalas was also of Greek American heritage.
5 He had performed a voice over for a 70s nature series on Yosemite National Park.
6 On Kojak (1973), he worked with George Savalas's character at the police station, in real-life, Savalas was (of course) George's second older brother.
7 He and his The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) co-stars Donald Pleasence and Max von Sydow all later played the Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Pleasence in You Only Live Twice (1967), Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and von Sydow in Never Say Never Again (1983).
8 Singing ran in his family.
9 [11 December 1993] When Savalas was hospitalized at Huntington Memorial Hospital for bladder cancer, it had already spread to his hip bones and pancreas and was terminal.
10 His birthplace, Garden City, New York, is 24 miles, west of New York City, New York.
11 At least nine actors named him as their favorite actor: Bruce Kirby, Catlin Adams, Sally Kirkland, Michael Constantine, Louise Sorel, Ken Kercheval, Tige Andrews, Danny Thomas and Alex Rocco, all nine worked with him on Kojak (1973).
12 Was always close to his family.
13 Survived by 5 children, 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister and his wife.
14 His ex-Kojak (1973) co-star, Kevin Dobson, had said in an interview, he was his best and dearest friend.
15 Ernest Borgnine and Angie Dickinson attended his funeral.
16 His ex-girlfriend, Sally Sheridan, filed a $5 million palimony suit against Savalas, eventually settling for a reported $1 million.
17 Before his death, he was worried about Nick, who had made tabloid headlines with his public spats with his ex-girlfriend Tori Spelling.
18 Up until his mother's death in 1988, his mother lived in a suite a few floors above his own at the Sheraton-Universal, with the actor paying all the expenses.
19 Long before Carrie McDowell became a member of the Christian pop/dance duo, 'Two Hearts,' with her husband, Michael Hodge, she once opened a show with him, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
20 Had attended an audition for the CBS anthology series Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950), intending to prompt an actor friend who was up for a role, in 1959. Instead, the casting director took Savalas's sinister demeanor into account and cast him in a character part, which led to other TV assignments and movie roles.
21 His ex-Kojak (1973) co-star, Kevin Dobson and Savalas's best friend, John Aniston, worked together on Days of Our Lives (1965).
22 Long lives ran in his family.
23 Originated the phrase, "Who Loves Ya, Baby?", for Kojak (1973).
24 Before the Depression era of 1929, his father was a millionaire.
25 He starred in 56 films, in 21 of them he was cast as a villain.
26 Also owned a stone ranch house in Rancho Mirage, California and a luxurious four-bedroom apartment in London, England.
27 Met Angie Dickinson in the movie Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971). They were friends until his death in 1994.
28 His mother, Christina Kapsalis Savalas, met his father, Nicholas, who had emigrated from the Village of Gerakas, as a youth, in the United States. She was chosen for her beauty to represent Greek women at the 1939 World's Fair.
29 His mother, Christina Savalas, had left the village of Anogia, three miles from Sparta, as a child.
30 Was a heavy smoker.
31 Began his show Kojak (1973) at age 51.
32 As a philanthropist and philhellene, Savalas supported many Hellenic causes and made friends in major cities around the world. In Chicago, Telly often met with Illinois State Senators Steven G. Nash and Samuel Maragos, also Greeks, as well as Greek millionaire Simeon Frangos, who owned the famous Athens North nightclub and the Flying Carpet Hotel near O'Hare Airport.
33 His brother, Gus Savalas, was a retired Foreign Service Officer who once served four years at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.
34 Resided at the Sheraton-Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, California, from 1973 until his death in 1994, becoming such a fixture at the hotel bar that it was renamed Telly's.
35 His father, Nick Savalas, was a hard worker, first at odd jobs, then as a businessman in cigarettes, restaurant supplies and general contracting.
36 Along with Bob Hope and Linda Evans, Savalas participated in the 'World Premiere' Television Ad introducing Diet Coke to Americans.
37 Acting ran in his family.
38 His paternal grandfather, Kostas the Painter, lived to age 100 and became one of the area's most famous artists.
39 His parents, Nick and Christina Savalas, met in the United States and immigrated from Greece in 1915.
40 Telly Savalas passed away on January 21, 1994. His longtime friend and co-star, Burt Lancaster, passed away 9 months after him.
41 A singer, Savalas had some chart success. His spoken word version of Bread's "If" produced by Snuff Garrett was #1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975 and his sung version of Don Williams's "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" topped the charts in 1980.
42 Longtime friend Danny Thomas guest-starred on the last episode of Kojak (1973).
43 Before he was a successful actor, in the United States Army during World War II, Savalas was working for the US State Department as host of the show, 'Your Voice of America.'.
44 Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 5 times.
45 In Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971), he played a police captain, on Kojak (1973), he played a police lieutenant.
46 Acting mentor and friend of Kevin Dobson.
47 Was a spokesperson for the Ford Motor Company in the early 1980s.
48 Most of his enlistment records were destroyed in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1973.
49 Three of his six children followed in their father's footsteps into acting.
50 Savalas qualified for the 1992 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he finished among the top 25 players in the tournament.
51 His mother, Christina Kapsalis Savalas, was a New York City artist, and his father, Nick Savalas, was the owner of many Greek restaurants.
52 Named his son Nick Savalas after his father.
53 His final films, Mind Twister (1994) and Backfire! (1995), were dedicated to his memory.
54 Never retired from acting.
55 Attended the funeral of best friend, Danny Thomas, when the actor passed away in 1991.
56 Was good friends with producer/director Irwin Allen, appearing in his Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979), and Alice in Wonderland (1985).
57 Lived with Sally Sheridan from 1969 to 1978. Her daughter from a previous relationship is Nicollette Sheridan, who considered Savalas as her father.
58 His eldest daughter, Christina, was named after his mother.
59 Was raised nearby the same city as Brian Keith.
60 Was a spokesperson for the Players' Club Gold Card from 1981 to 1990.
61 Remained good friends with Kevin Dobson during and after Kojak (1973).
62 He was an active liberal Democrat.
63 Worked at the Garden City Theatre Center where he met and fell in love with Marilyn Gardner.
64 At first, Telly was an executive director and then senior director of the news special events at ABC, Savalas then became an executive producer for the "Gillette Cavalcade of Sports," where he gave Howard Cosell his first job.
65 He wasn't the first choice to audition for Kojak (1973), when Marlon Brando had been offered the role.
66 His father, Nick Savalas, died in 1948. His mother, Christina Savalas, died in 1988, at age 84.
67 Was very good friends with: Julie London, Doug McClure, Dan Frazer, Diana Rigg, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Robert Conrad, Larry Manetti, George Burns, Karl Malden, Ernest Borgnine, Irwin Allen, Robert Stack, Dinah Shore, Anthony Quinn, Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Angie Dickinson, Danny Thomas, Robert Alda, Jamie Farr, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Elliott Gould, Ricardo Montalban, Charles Bronson, Roddy McDowall, Don Rickles, Gene Barry, Michael Constantine, Rock Hudson, Shelley Winters, Gregory Peck, Dom DeLuise, Barbara Eden, Omar Sharif, David Janssen, Mickey Rooney, Beverly Garland, Mark Russell and George Savalas.
68 Best remembered by the public for his starring role as the title character in Kojak (1973).
69 Did the narration on several tourist information films on British Cities during the 1970s. Apparently he recorded them all during one visit to the UK to promote his Kojak show.
70 Underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer in 1989, but in 1991 was diagnosed with bladder cancer which spread to his bones and pancreas.
71 Loved to read historical biographies and, somewhat surprisingly, romance novels.
72 Enjoyed watching Jeopardy! (1984).
73 Born on the same day as Benny Hill, who impersonated Savalas's Kojak (1973) character on The Benny Hill Show (1969).
74 Uncle of Australian-born actor Peter Cavnoudias.
75 He was also a strong contributor to his Greek Orthodox roots through the Saint Sophia and Saint Nicholas cathedrals in Los Angeles, and was the sponsor of bringing electricity in the '70s to his ancestral home, Yeraka, Greece.
76 His mother, Christina, was a world recognized contemporary of Pablo Picasso, and Savalas himself released several records, the most remembered being his version of "If", that was #1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975.
77 In 1990 the city of New York declared Kojak: The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) as the official movie of New York City, and awarded Telly with the Key to the City. The film was the one that introduced Savalas' most famous character, Lt. Theo Kojak, later made famous on its spin-off series Kojak (1973).
78 After portraying Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), he chose to remain completely bald and this signature look, somewhere between the comic and the ominous, stood him in good stead in the years that followed.
79 Loved gambling and was a very successful gambler, winning many Vegas poker tournaments and losing few.
80 Owned a wide variety of automobiles, including Cadillacs, Lincolns, Fords, Pontiacs, Mercedes and DeLoreans.
81 Was the first choice for the role of Harry Orwell in the TV series Harry O (1973). He declined due to filming commitments in Europe. David Janssen was eventually cast in the role.
82 Has the distinction of playing two Alcatraz prison inmates; Feto Gomez in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Cretzer in Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980).
83 Had a fear of flying. Ironically, he played a pilot in Capricorn One (1977).
84 He didn't appear in his first film until he was 37.
85 Of Greek descent and spoke Greek fluently.
86 Would always refuse to talk about his service during World War II.
87 Met his last wife, Julie Hovland, on the set of Kojak (1973) in 1977. She was a travel agent from Minnesota.
88 Graduated from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York, in 1940.
89 Reason why he sucked on a lollipop during Kojak (1973): to help him to quit smoking.
90 Left index finger was deformed.
91 Hosted a popular radio program, "Telly's Coffeehouse," in the early 1950s.
92 Met his first wife (Katherine) at a Greek dance while attending Columbia University.
93 Was involved in a serious car accident in Virginia during his hitch in the army.
94 When he worked as a lifeguard, he failed to save a man from drowning, and was troubled by the memory forever after.
95 Attended Columbia University in New York, New York.
96 Interred at the George Washington Section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California, USA.
97 Purchased a house in the Southern California desert community of Palm Desert because he enjoyed playing golf so much.
98 He had many hobbies including golfing, swimming, gambling, collecting luxury cars, spending time with his family, horse racing, motorcycle racing, watching football and reading romantic books.
99 Was the second of 5 children.
100 Was a member of Company C, 12th Medical Training Battalion, 4th Medical Training Regiment at Camp Pickett, Virginia.
101 Before becoming an actor, he had many odd jobs, from newspaper vendor to lifeguard.
102 His son Nick Savalas's half-sister, Nicollette Sheridan, and his former Kojak (1973) co-star, Kevin Dobson, both starred in the popular 1980s soap opera, Knots Landing (1979).
103 He was an accomplished poker player.
104 Early in his career, he directed stage plays at a theater in Connecticut.
105 Was originally slated to play Luke in Cool Hand Luke (1967), but the producers were unable to wait for him to complete his boat trip from Europe to the U.S. (Telly had a severe fear of flying). Therefore, Paul Newman played the role instead.
106 Was friends with actor John Aniston and named godfather of Jennifer Aniston.
107 Telly Savalas passed away on January 22, 1994. Just 1 day before his death, he celebrated his 72nd and last birthday with his family, friends and colleagues at the Universal Sheraton Inn in Universal City, California.
108 Father of Christina Savalas (born 1950) (with Katherine Nicolaides); Candace Savalas (born 1963) and Penelope Savalas (born 1961) (with Marilyn Gardner); Nick Savalas (with Sally Sheridan); and Christian Savalas (born 1985) and Ariana Savalas (with Julie Hovland).
109 His younger brother, George Savalas, starred in Kojak (1973) with him.
110 He used off-script phrases and mottoes in Greek during filming.
111 Early in his career he played mainly brutish criminals until he changed his image completely in the 1970s, when he was cast as a homicide detective in the acclaimed TV-movie Kojak: The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) and its spin-off series, Kojak (1973).


1 Bald head.
2 Deep, gravelly voice.
3 Several of his characters have a Greek personality.
4 Frequently plays dangerous, tough characters.
5 The catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?"


1 [When he was relaxing, shooting exteriors along with some interior scenes for next season's Kojak (1973)]: Everybody's always telling me they have an Uncle Harry who looks just like me. That's 90% of my appeal.
2 [In 1976]: I'm just a kid from New York who looks like everybody else.
3 [Who didn't need to worry so much about the Titanic show, when he agreed to host it]: I didn't need any assurance that there would be anything in the safe. The fact that these guys went down 2 1/2 miles and came up with anything was an achievement in itself. I've been making believe as a detective for so long, that it was very exciting to be involved in something very, very real.
4 [In 1981]: It was in 1959 I got my first role. I was to play the Greek judge who decides to give a Greek boy to a visiting American journalist. It was a small role and paid only $200, but I haven't stopped since.
5 [on being a spelling winner]: I'm thrilled that's what I called 'the greatest frustration of my life,' will finally be righted.
6 On 'Kojak,' I improvise a lot of the dialogue. And I've directed five episodes of the series so I've had some experience at it...The talent was given me at an early age. What the hell, I've been directing things since I was a year old.
7 [In 1977]: It will be a sad day when I begin thinking of all this as work. I enjoy every minute of it.
8 [In 1975]: Kojak is no supercop. I'm just a neighborhood kid.
9 [When he was visiting in New York City]: I'm hoping that you're not caught in the layoffs.
10 [When reflected the times he had with his father]: Our happiest times were at the bottom of the ladder. One day he dragged us out of private schools, and the next day we started peddling cakes out of the back of a truck.
11 [After he graduated from college who then became disenchanted]: This bastard! This gangster Freud! It's all crap-just a language for unemployed actors to amuse themselves with!
12 [Who had been offered a series wasn't getting used to all the police shows on TV that have been aired at the time]: Television doesn't need another cop show, that's for sure. But this is an interesting cop, a real cop from a New York City neighborhood. A basically honest character, tough but with feelings: the kind of guy who might kick a hooker in the tail if he had to, but they'd understand each other because maybe they grew up on the same kind of block.
13 [on his popularity while playing the fifty-something Lt. Theo Kojak on Kojak]: There's no question that experience is more important and rewarding to someone who is an actor. My approach to Kojak in any situation would be my own approach. How I would react and respond? That's basically true whether I'm portraying a cop or a candlestick maker.
14 Proof that diamonds are a girl's best friend, would be displayed only in the most select museums in the world.
15 [When he became a popular nightclub singer]: I had the No. 1 record in England, knocking Mick Jagger off the top of the pops. I to close the generation gap.
16 I'm a romantic realist. I knew I would become a star, just as I know some day the bubble will burst.
17 [In 1989]: Now, I let someone else do all the running.
18 [Of his late father, Nick Savalas]: One day he was a millionaire. The next day, with the Depression, not a penny in his pocket. He packs his five kids in the back of a van and goes to New York and begins selling cakes. That's what I call a Greek.
19 I came from a tough neighborhood. I used to be a 'Dirty Greek,' But my father used to say to me, 'When you grow up and realize what your heritage means, then they'll need a permit to speak to you.' He was right. I'm a proud Greek. I carry my Hellenism like a badge of merit.
20 [In 1973]: The second show I did on TV, I was the lead. I made $900 and I was having fun saying some other guy's words. This is a dangerous profession for the ego.
21 [In 1987]: I made 60 movies before 'Kojak' with some of the biggest names in the business, and people would still say, 'There goes what's-his-name.'
22 [Of his mother, Christina Savalas]: Mama says to me, 'Being an actor is fine, but what are you going to do for a living?' I took my mother to the premiere of The Dirty Dozen and she said, 'It's disgraceful!' I asked her how she liked my role and she said, 'You were ridiculous!'
23 [on taking the risk of starring in Kojak (1973)]: If they had told me about the series, I never would have done the movie, I got aboard this thing by accident. I wasn't emotionally ready for a series. I like to move around, but now at least 98 per cent of my personality is in abeyance. There is the applause; I love it!
24 [In 1974]: Kojak is the kind of guy who couldn't arrest a hooker, he'd send her home. He operates on instinct and decency, but if you give him any lip he'll throw you out a window.
25 I don't play that far away from myself because then I think people would say I was acting.
26 I was born with a romantic nature and I'll carry it to my grave.
27 Even with the crazies I've played I've tried to give some dimension to their insanity.
28 [on being offered the role of Kojak (1973)]: I'll do Kojak: The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973), but I don't want to do a series. How can I do the one role? I mean, I have to verify my life. My life is a variety, I can't be stuck with one character. It won't sell.
29 [When he was battling prostate cancer]: The challenge is to live long enough to raise my children.
30 [on Clint Eastwood] Off screen Clint is articulate and intelligent, not quiet or laconic like the cowboys and GIs he plays in films.
31 Who loves ya, baby?
32 We're all born bald, baby.


All Telly Savalas pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 26 October 1983. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
1976 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Kojak (1973)
1976 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1976 TP de Oro TP de Oro, Spain Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) Kojak (1973)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Drama Kojak (1973)
1975 Bambi Bambi Awards TV Series International Kojak (1973)
1975 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer Tied with Alan Alda
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kojak (1973)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Private Eye Kojak (1973)
1978 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Kojak (1973)
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama Kojak (1973)
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kojak (1973)
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Kojak (1973)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Kojak (1973)
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor Battle of the Bulge (1965)
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top New Male Personality 10th place.

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Supporting Performance The Scalphunters (1968)



Backfire! 1995 Most Evil Man
Mind Twister 1994 Richard Howland
The Commish 1992-1993 TV Series Tommy Collette Tommy Colette
Ein Schloß am Wörthersee 1991-1993 TV Series Teddy
Rose Against the Odds 1991 TV Movie George Parnassus
Kojak: Flowers for Matty 1990 TV Movie Inspector Theo Kojak
Kojak: It's Always Something 1990 TV Movie Inspector Theo Kojak
Kojak: None So Blind 1990 TV Movie Inspector Theo Kojak
Kojak: Ariana 1989 TV Movie Kojak
Kojak: Fatal Flaw 1989 TV Movie Theo Kojak
The Hollywood Detective 1989 TV Movie Harry Bell
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission 1988 TV Movie Maj. Wright
J.J. Starbuck 1987 TV Series The Greek
The Equalizer 1987 TV Series Brother Joseph Heiden
Faceless 1987 Terry Hallen
Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission 1987 TV Movie Maj. Wright
Kojak: The Price of Justice 1987 TV Movie Inspector Theo Kojak
GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords 1986 Magmar (voice)
Solomon's Universe 1985 TV Movie Solomon Stark
Alice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie The Cheshire Cat
George Burns Comedy Week 1985 TV Series
Kojak: The Belarus File 1985 TV Movie Lieutenant Theo Kojak
The Love Boat 1985 TV Series Dr. Fabian Cain
The Cartier Affair 1984 TV Movie Phil Drexler
Cannonball Run II 1984 Hymie Kaplan
Afghanistan pourquoi? 1983 Rebel Leader
Fake-Out 1982 Lt. Thurston
American Playhouse 1982 TV Series
Tales of the Unexpected 1981 TV Series Joe Brisson
Hellinger's Law 1981 TV Movie Nick Hellinger
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story 1980 TV Movie Cretzer
Border Cop 1980 Frank Cooper
Alice 1979 TV Series Telly Savalas
The Muppet Movie 1979 El Sleezo Tough
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 Captain Stefan Svevo
Escape to Athena 1979 Zeno
The French Atlantic Affair 1979 TV Mini-Series Father Craig Dunleavy
Windows, Doors & Keyholes 1978 TV Movie
Kojak 1973-1978 TV Series Lt. Theo Kojak
Beyond Reason 1977 Dr. Nicholas Mati
Capricorn One 1977 Albain
Killer Force 1976 Harry Webb
Inside Out 1975 Harry Morgan
The House of Exorcism 1975 Leandro
Am laufenden Band 1975 TV Series Singer / Kojak
She Cried Murder 1973 TV Movie Inspector Joe Brody
Lisa and the Devil 1973 Leandro
Senza ragione 1973 Memphis
A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die 1972 Maggiore Ward
Pancho Villa 1972 Pancho Villa
Visions... 1972 TV Movie Lt. Phil Keegan
L'assassino... è al telefono 1972 Ranko Drasovic
Horror Express 1972 Captain Kazan
Sonny and Jed 1972 Sheriff Franciscus
Crime Boss 1972 Don Vincenzo
Mongo's Back in Town 1971 TV Movie Lieutenant Pete Tolstad
Clay Pigeon 1971 Redford
A Town Called Hell 1971 Don Carlos
ITV Saturday Night Theatre 1971 TV Series Gregor Antonescu
Pretty Maids All in a Row 1971 Surcher
The Red Skelton Hour 1970 TV Series Tex
The Family 1970 Al Weber
Kelly's Heroes 1970 Big Joe
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 Blofeld
Land Raiders 1969 Vicente Cardenas
Sophie's Place 1969 Herbie Haseler
Mackenna's Gold 1969 Sergeant Tibbs
The Assassination Bureau 1969 Lord Bostwick
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell 1968 Walter Braddock
The Scalphunters 1968 Jim Howie
Sol Madrid 1968 Emil Dietrich
Cimarron Strip 1967 TV Series Bear
Garrison's Gorillas 1967 TV Series Wheeler
The Dirty Dozen 1967 Archer Maggott
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1967 TV Series Mueller
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1967 TV Series Count Valeriano De Fanzini
The F.B.I. 1967 TV Series Ed Clementi
Combat! 1964-1967 TV Series Jon / Colonel Kapsalis
Beau Geste 1966 Sgt. Maj. Dagineau
The Fugitive 1964-1966 TV Series Steve Keller / Victor Leonetti / Dan Polichek
The Virginian 1966 TV Series 'Colonel' Bliss
Battle of the Bulge 1965 Sgt. Guffy
The Slender Thread 1965 Dr. Joe Coburn
Run for Your Life 1965 TV Series Istvan Zabor
Bonanza 1965 TV Series Charles Augustus Hackett
Genghis Khan 1965 Shan
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! 1965 Macmuid (Harem Recruiter) (uncredited)
Burke's Law 1963-1965 TV Series Balakirov aka Richard Goldtooth / Charlie Prince / Fakir George O'Shea
The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 Pontius Pilate
Fanfare for a Death Scene 1964 TV Movie Ikhedai Khan
The Rogues 1964 TV Series Gen. Hector Jesus Diaz
The New Interns 1964 Dr. Dominick 'Dom' Riccio
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1964 TV Series Ramon Castillo / Raymond Castle / Beret
Breaking Point 1964 TV Series Vincenzo Gracchi
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1964 TV Series Philadelphia Harry
Arrest and Trial 1964 TV Series Frank Santo
Channing 1964 TV Series Paul Atherton
The Twilight Zone 1963 TV Series Erich Streator
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Brother Hendricksen
Johnny Cool 1963 Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo
Grindl 1963 TV Series Mr. Hartman
Love Is a Ball 1963 Dr. Christian Gump (Millie's uncle)
The Man from the Diners' Club 1963 Foots Pulardos
Empire 1963 TV Series Tibor
The Dakotas 1963 TV Series Jake Volet
The Eleventh Hour 1963 TV Series Ben Cohen
The Untouchables 1961-1963 TV Series Leo Stazak / Matt Bass / Wally Baltzer
Alcoa Premiere 1962 TV Series Mario Lombardi
The Interns 1962 Dr. Dominic Riccio
Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 Feto Gomez
Cape Fear 1962 Private Detective Charles Sievers
Cain's Hundred 1961-1962 TV Series Harry Rennick / Frank Meehan
The Sin of Jesus 1961 Short Felix (as Telli Savales)
Ben Casey 1961 TV Series George Dempsey
The Detectives 1961 TV Series Ben Willis
The Dick Powell Theatre 1961 TV Series Sergeant Marius
King of Diamonds 1961 TV Series Massis / Jerry Larch
The New Breed 1961 TV Series Dr. Buel Reed
The Young Savages 1961 Detective Lt. Gunderson
Mad Dog Coll 1961 Lt. Darro
Acapulco 1961 TV Series Mr. Carver
The Aquanauts 1961 TV Series Paul Price
The United States Steel Hour 1960 TV Series
The Witness 1960 TV Series Al Capone Lucky Luciano
Naked City 1960 TV Series Gabe Hody
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1959-1960 TV Series Dieter Wislieny / Dieter Wisliceny / Father Dominique Georges Henn Pire / ...
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries 1960 TV Series
Diagnosis: Unknown 1960 TV Series Irish Tony Salivarro
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Cotton


W imie... 2013 performer: "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend"
The Break-Up 2006 performer: "Who Loves Ya Baby"
Ein Schloß am Wörthersee 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special performer: "Fugue for Tinhors"
Alice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie performer: "There's No Way Home"
Telly... Who Loves Ya Baby? 1976 TV Special performer: "Who Loves Ya, Baby?", "The Men in My Little Girl's Life"
Top of the Pops 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Disco 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kojak 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special performer: " You're So Nice to Be Around"
Pancho Villa 1972 performer: "We All End Up the Same"


Kojak 1974-1978 TV Series 5 episodes
Beyond Reason 1977
Report to New York 1959 TV Series


Beyond Reason 1977 screenplay


Backfire! 1995 in memory of


Later with Bob Costas 1989 TV Series Himself
The Wil Shriner Show 1987 TV Series Himself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Performer
Hour Magazine 1987 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1985 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama Series
Late Night with David Letterman 1985 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly 1985 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredit)
Aspel & Company 1985 TV Series Himself
Einer wird gewinnen 1984 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish 1984 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter
James Bond: The First 21 Years 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself / Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Dom DeLuise and Friends 1983 TV Series Himself
Telly Savalas Looks at Aberdeen 1981 Documentary short Himself - Narrator
Telly Savalas Looks at Portsmouth 1981 Documentary short Himself - Narrator
International Pro-Celebrity Golf: Six of the Best 1981 TV Series Himself
Musikladen 1980-1981 TV Series Himself / Himself - Duet with Pam Rose
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Himself
Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham 1981 Documentary short Himself - Narrator (voice)
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Short Film, Animated & Live Action
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
A Salute to American Imagination 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself / Co-Host
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1975-1978 TV Series documentary Himself / Singer
CBS: On the Air 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary Co-host - part I
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1978 TV Series Himself - Actor
The Bob Hope Comedy Special from Palm Springs 1978 TV Movie Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra 1978 TV Special Himself
Circus of the Stars #2 1977 TV Special Himself - Ringmaster
Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 TV Special Himself - Host
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter
CBS Galaxy 1977 TV Special Himself - Guest
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1977 TV Series Himself
Paul Anka ... Music My Way 1977 TV Special Himself - Cameo
Battle of the Network Stars II 1977 TV Special Himself - ABC Team
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Winner: Favourite Male Television Performer
Battle of the Network Stars 1976 TV Special Himself - CBS Team Captain
The 28th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 48th Annual Academy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
Dinah! 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
Joys 1976 TV Special Himself
Telly... Who Loves Ya Baby? 1976 TV Special Himself
Friars Club Tribute to Gene Kelly 1976 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Top of the Pops 1975 TV Series Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 1975 TV Movie Himself
The Norman Gunston Show 1975 TV Series Himself
Disco 1975 TV Series Himself
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1975 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Telly Savalas 1974 TV Special Himself
The Carol Burnett Show 1974 TV Series Himself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Performer
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1974 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1974 TV Series Himself
Dinah Shore: In Search of the Ideal Man 1973 TV Special Himself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1973 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
NFL Players Association Awards Dinner 1973 TV Special Himself - Guest
Jack Paar Tonite 1973 TV Series Himself
Cinema 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Bowling 1971 TV Series 1973
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Above It All 1969 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Swiss Movement 1969 Documentary short Himself
Operation Dirty Dozen 1967 Short documentary Himself
Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Himself
The Pat Boone Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Linkletter Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration 1994 TV Movie Himself
The Extraordinary 1994 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1993 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Himself
Telly Savalas: The ABCs of Winning Blackjack 1990 Video documentary Host
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 TV Movie Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Premium Bond with Mark Gatiss and Matthew Sweet 2015 TV Movie documentary Blofield
The Shadow of 'Spectre' 2015 Video documentary short Blofelds
Dante's Domicile 2015 TV Series Captain Kazan
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton 2014 Video Tex
Alfonso Sansone produttore per caso 2014
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s 2012 Documentary Himself
Paul Williams Still Alive 2011 Documentary Himself
Sønner av Norge 2011 Theo Kojak (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2010 TV Series Frank Cooper
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon 2008 Documentary Himself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Lt. Theo Kojak
Total Cops 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Greatest 2001-2003 TV Series documentary Himself / Kojak
I Love Christmas 2001 TV Special documentary
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin 2000 TV Movie documentary Archer Maggott
I Love 1970's 2000 TV Series documentary Himself / Kojak
Inside 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The James Bond Story 1999 TV Movie documentary Ernst Stavro Blofeld (uncredited)
Go 1999 Himself (in gambling video) (uncredited)
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files 1997 TV Movie documentary Blofeld
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
Give Me Your Answer True 1987 Documentary
Bonds Are Forever 1983 Video documentary Ernst Stavro Blofeld / Himself
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
Disco 1978-1980 TV Series Himself / Comedy Guest
Top of the Pops 1975 TV Series If
Lionpower from MGM 1967 Short Emil Dietrich (uncredited)
Cosa Nostra, Arch Enemy of the FBI 1967 TV Movie Ed Clementi
Mondo Hollywood 1967 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Karate Killers 1967 Count Valeriano De Fanzini

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